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The Foreigner Norway teachers widen strike . Some 5,500 teachers are staging industrial action, with a further 2,200 scheduled to stage a walkout on Thursday this week. Today, Monday, was supposed to be the first day back at school for many pupils following the summer holidays. Some schools hit by the strike were closed, while others opened with limited staff. Personnel in each municipality decide whether schools should be closed or not. Parents and pupils have been advised to consult their school websites to find out whether to meet as planned.

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Norway teachers widen strike

Published on Monday, 18th August, 2014 at 20:56 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

Some 5,500 teachers are staging industrial action, with a further 2,200 scheduled to stage a walkout on Thursday this week.



Today, Monday, was supposed to be the first day back at school for many pupils following the summer holidays. Some schools hit by the strike were closed, while others opened with limited staff.

Personnel in each municipality decide whether schools should be closed or not. Parents and pupils have been advised to consult their school websites to find out whether to meet as planned.

Primary schools have not yet been affected, because the Union of Education Norway (Utdanningsforbundet) wants to shield the children starting school for the first time. 

This will change on Thursday when the strike escalates, however, hitting some.

News agency NTB reports no mediation meetings between the parties are scheduled. Senior personnel at employers’ organisation the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) are meeting to discuss the strike tomorrow.

At the core of the strike is KS’ demand that teachers have to stay at school for 7.5 hours every day.

The Union of Education Norway says that on average teachers stay 8.6 hours per day at school throughout the academic year, however.

“Confidence of employers in KS has long been worn thin - now it is at a low point. Teachers do not have confidence that KS wants what is best for Norwegian schools,” Leader of Union of Education Norway Ragnhild Lied told Nettavisen.

132 different schools will be affected by the strike. A list of those hit can be found on the Union of Education Norway’s website here (external link, in Norwegian).

Schools in capital Oslo will not be affected by the strike because they have different tariff agreements.



Published on Monday, 18th August, 2014 at 20:56 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.

This post has the following tags: norway, education, strike, teachers, schools.





  
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